Fake news’ named word of the year. What's your pick?

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Macquarie Dictionary has revealed its Word of the Year for 2016. ‘Fake news’ was given the award for its role in highlighting how social media has influenced the way news is relayed to the public.

According to the Macquarie definition, fake news relates to “disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes or to drive web traffic; the incorrect information being passed along by social media”.

The term became particularly prominent during the US election and was credited with swaying public perception to contribute to the election of Donald Trump.

The judging panel is comprised of eight people, including editor of Macquarie Dictionary Susan Butler, author Kate Grenville and journalist Annabel Crabb.

The judges said about ‘fake news’:

“It captures an interesting evolution in the creation of deceptive content as a way of herding people in a specific direction.”

“There has come a point with fake news where people are beginning to believe what they want to believe, whether or not the news story is actually true.”

According to an analysis by Buzzfeed, during the last three months of the US election, users on Facebook engaged more with fake news stories than with legitimate election pieces.

The runner-up award was given to Aussie favourite, the ‘Halal snack pack’. Affectionately shortened to HSP, ‘Halal snack pack’ has become a ubiquitous term to describe Halal-certified doner kebab meat, with chips, grated cheese and one or more sauces.

Now, the judges are calling to you, the public, to help them decide the 2016 People’s Choice Award Word of the Year. Check out the finalists below and cast your vote before Tuesday 31 January.

Youlk: a perennnial apiaceous plant of WA, Platysace deflexa, with a sweet-tasting yellow tuber; bush carrot; Ravensthorpe radish.

Racebending: the process of altering the ethnicity of a character in a book, film, etc., for a new version of it.

Standing desk: a desk which is raised to a height so that the person using it can stand, the desk being fixed at that height or being adjustable to the height required for sitting or standing.

Shoefiti: the practice of tossing shoes, joined by the laces, over power lines, high branches on trees, etc.

Fake news: disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes or to drive web traffic, the incorrect information being passed along by social media.

Halal snack pack: a fast food compromising layers of hot chips, grated cheese, halal doner kebab meat, garlic sauce, barbecue sauce and chilli sauce. 

Fatberg: a congealed mass in a sewer system consisting of material that does not break down, as fat, sanitary items, etc., which has to be removed to unblock the system.

Greige: a warm grey, that is, grey with some brown in it.

Rumbler alarm: an alarm on a fire engine or other emergency vehicle which emits a low-frequency sound designed to alert people who are prevented from hearing an ordinary alarm by traffic noise, mobile phones with ear plugs, etc. Also rumbler siren.

Patient navigator: an administrative support person who assists a patient to manage their illness and make the best use of the health system by coordinating healthcare teams and resource providers.

Filter Bubble: an information environment which, because of the ability of search engines on the internet and technology on social media to build on the user’s personal preferences, ultimately excludes all information that is not in accord with the user’s opinions.

Alt-right: 1. extremely right wing. 2. such a person. 3. the alt-right, the far-right political movement.

Enby: 1. not identifying as male or female; non-binary. 2. a non-binary person.

Bubble soccer: a soccer game in which each player wears an inflated plastic torus-shaped sheath covering the upper body and head. Also, bubble football. [from the idea that the player is inside a bubble]

Plyscraper: a skyscraper built using super-strong, engineered wood products which are as tough as steel or concrete.

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Total Comments: 12
  1. 0

    Are we behind the times in the NT, or is the word “selfie” one of the most recently used.

  2. 0

    I suggest “first world problem”. Such as a no reception on your phone, no movies that you like are on right now, or you can’t find fresh raspberries in your nearest fruit shop.
    The fact that you are thinking about this article indicates that it is a first world problem.

    A third world problem is like wondering where you are going to get water, food or shelter, before you starve or die. It is all a matter of perspective.

  3. 0

    “…compromising layers of…” OOPS!

  4. 0

    FAKE NEWS as another Label for Propaganda where on the Relevant truth is exposed…but the rset of the facts are witheld or altered to boost the Propaganda View….that THEY want to sell!
    Fakes News is Propaganda simply because it is NOT the whole TRUTH!
    Their are people…highly paid….that are Professionals who are now employed to put a deceptive Slant on News and Politics to sway Public Opinion in a certain direction!
    Classic Examples…”Boat People” “Que -Jumpers”
    “Welfare Bludgers” “Terrorists”
    Deception by labelling it is called as well!
    All designed to create an US versus THEM mentality!
    Latest one…”Invasion Day” instead of Australia Day!
    Sadly average intellects all Fall for this type of Propagand & Lies/Labels…designed to divide Opinions and create a divided society!
    They do not see the Deliberateness or the Intent to course division!
    All Politicians use this divide and Conquer Propaganda to force people to take a side!
    This diviseness is only in the Politicians Interests…..
    ot the Peoples!

  5. 0

    Its actually two words.

  6. 0

    Of course it is….they do not want the one word….Proaganda!
    Fake News….sounds better….less intentful!
    But Fake News is Propaganda!
    Make no mistake about that!
    And it is because it is INTENTIONALLY being used with a Plan in mind!
    Fake News implies no such thing….it only implies Fake info or misinformation!
    Whereas Propaganda is Intentional…Deliberate…Planned!
    Behind the scenes are highly polished wordsmiths being paid a fortune to manipulate the end meaning/take/point of view!
    It is being Planned and Paid for by inviible Slush Funds….be they Political…Private or Corporate!
    Average Voter is oblivious to the deceptions!

  7. 0

    Which part of “Word Of The Year 2016” doesn’t Macquarie Dictionary understand? I know I’m bringing mathematics into a discussion about words but I think that “Fake News” is actually two words, separate from each other and not joined by a hyphen.

  8. 0

    Fake news? Isn’t that what the media feeds to public to con it?

  9. 0

    I rather prefer ” alternative truth” , used to rebut Fake News and any other comment your side dislikes.
    Dr Goebbles would have loved the Internet to disseminate his propaganda, but he had to use Lord Haw Haw.
    I don’t think the Brits knew what they were starting when they photographed scenes from the Crimea in Hyde Park !!

  10. 0

    What a stupid statement and selection for Word of the Year “Fake News”.
    Correct me if I am wrong but that is TWO WORDS.
    I like Selfie, also.



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